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Old 10-08-2005, 01:14 PM   #1
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This is one of the saddest posts I have ever read on this board
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Wow, I just came on here because I was told it was a great place to get helpful hints re: Disney wish trips.

We are going to GKTW soon, as a wish for my son who has cancer.

I cant believe that when I came on here, I saw fighting re: who's child is more sick....or who deserves MAW, or whatever it is you are all fighting about. Sorry, I didnt pay attention to who said what....but do think the woman with the child with autism was rudely attacked.

I have worked with children with varieties of the Autism Spectrum Disorder, and MANY have life threatening seizures.....just an FYI for those keeping track of which childhood illness is worse.....

None of us DESERVES a wish...it is a kind gesture from a charity....if that charity wants to make children happy.....even those who dont have a "life threatening illness"....that is their choice.

Yikes....bad taste in my mouth on this first visit to this forum....I will keep reading, and hopefully find kinder people with some helpful info.

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I'm very sad that someone who came here looking for help, instead saw nastyness. I'm especially sad that someone's first post was to say something that shouldn't need saying on this board - why, in heaven's name would we, of all people be fighting over disabilities?

To kim, I apologize for the not so nice things you've seen. That is not how it's supposed to be. That's not how it usually is.

This board is a HELP/TIPS Board.

People with all sorts of disabilities (permanent or temporary) are welcome here.

Just like the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), there is no requirement that anyone "prove" their disability.

I am a nurse and it's in my nature to figure things out and try to help people. I started coming to the DIS Boards a long time ago to just to find out what nights the light parade would be going on at MK.
I saw a place where I could share some things I knew about WDW that could help other people with disabilities have an easier time at WDW. As I shared, some other people felt comfortable sharing too. Sometimes the regular boards were not a good place for this, because those of us with disabilities were attacked or felt lost in all the other questions.
This board grew out of that sharing.

Some disABILITIES Board posters have come recently, but there are a lot of frequent posters who have been here since this board began. Many have put a lot of time and effort into using what they know to help other people.

Sometimes people come to share their own experiences, to share joy or sorrow or to vent, but no one comes here expecting to be pulled down.

This board was begun as a safe haven; a place where anyone could ask anything (how many places can you find 3 pages on what to do about children who smear feces?) without fear of attack or ridicule.

For those of us who care about this board, it is our home and we want it to stay a welcoming haven for guests to visit.

PS. No debating allowed. If you want to affirm that we have kind, helpful people on this board, please do.
If you want to debate or fight, please find another home.
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Old 10-08-2005, 04:46 PM   #2
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I second this :)

Here, here! Thank you for stepping up and saying something!

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Old 10-08-2005, 05:46 PM   #3
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AMEN!! We shouldn't be fighting on these boards, especially over something like whose child is sicker. We should be helping each other, not biting each other's heads off. So please, let's try to control ourselves (this goes for me too).
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Old 10-08-2005, 06:05 PM   #4
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Old 10-09-2005, 12:14 AM   #5
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Im glad that got cleared up

Back to why I came here, and hoping someone can direct me....

My family (DS aged 4 [5 in 11 days] with cancer, DD aged 2.5, hubby and I) is going on a wish trip to FLA in a few weeks. We are going to Give Kids the World, although we live in S. CA and go to DL on a regular basis. We picked GKTW because we have heard that the village itself is amazing.

We only have about 4 days (when you cut out travel time)..and dont have time to see everything, I am trying to find the best way to spend our time. Things to consider, are that my children are young, and short 39" and 35", and that will limit what they can "ride".

I have heard that one of the parks has a super hero area...I think my son would love that. Also, the animal kingdom sounds fun.....I am interested in Epcot (different countries)....

Any tips on "must see" stuff for young kids is appreciated....anything that they already have at DL we can skip....

Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-09-2005, 12:27 AM   #6
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WDW vs. DL

I've been to both. I went on my wish trip to WDW and stayed at GKTW (a while back-later returned to WDW). I would be glad to make you a personalized list and show you where the attractions at DL & CA are at WDW. Also the parts of GKTW that I wouldn't miss and wish I would've done more of. Feel free to PM me.


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Old 10-09-2005, 11:21 PM   #7
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I agree that it's very sad. Thanks for posting this.

Kim, have a magical time! I have no advice, since I am also a Disneyland veteran and have never been to WDW!
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Old 10-10-2005, 09:52 PM   #8
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I just wanted to encourage you to keep returning to this forum. This is a welcoming place, with encouragement and useful suggestions, whether your challenge is physical, mental or emotional.

If your child likes superheroes don't miss Buzz Lightyear's ride at MK. Even if you can't spin alot it is still fun to try to "remove" the bad guys. There are many things at the MK which are different from Disneyland.

Animal Kingdom is my new favorite, though. The safari ride and the Lion King show are the best. If you like dinosaurs be sure to visit that area. The Dinosaur ride is scary though, even for those who are tall enough.
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Old 10-13-2005, 06:52 PM   #9
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Kim,

You might want to check out the Power Rangers in MGM if DS likes they. They are actually the 4 rangers who come out (music blaring in their "power ranger mobile") near the Stunt Sow/NY streetscape at MGM. Your son (or anyone in your family ) can meet them individually and there are plenty of photo ops. Also, there is a great playground at MGM, if everyone is feeling up to it, which is based on Honey I shrunk the Kids and it has huge spiderwebs, water shooting cans of play-doh etc etc. HTH
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I would also think that if there's a specific character your child wants to see you could contact Guest Services ahead of time or even when you arrive and explain your child's wish, to see if they can arrange a meet/greet and make some special magic. I remember seeing a little girl one time with a button that said, "ask me about my wish". She said her wish was to meet all the princesses. At the Little Mermaid show at MGM she was allowed to stay after all the other guests had exited to meet Ariel one on one. I'd think the characters themselves would love to make a child's dream come true. ---Kathy
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